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What to do before I start my degree apprenticeship

Katie Fiddaman

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You've got your place on a degree apprenticeship... AMAZING! They are super competitive programmes so congratulations on securing a place. Whatever company it's with, these top tips will help you to get settled in as quickly as possible.

1. Research

You might be all researched out by now but you can never be too informed. Therefore, researching both the company and the role that you have secured will be really useful to get you started. Researching company culture and specific skills for the role that you have applied for so that you can start thinking about what you can bring to that role and the areas that you might like to develop along the way.

Take a look at your new line manager and other team members on Linkedin and connect with them! Look at what your manager did before their current role and take a real interest so that you can see what your future progression might be.

2. Go shopping

Take yourself for some retail therapy, you've earned it! Ask your line manager or HR contact at your new job role what the dress code is and buy a few items to match. It will feel great to get a new suit or outfit for the new role!

You could also buy a practical bag that you can take to work, along with any desk organisers or stationery that you require.
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3. Degree Preparation

As a degree apprentice, you will also be completing a degree programme (the clue is in the name!) Therefore, head over to the course page and check out what modules you will be studying so that you can get a headstart on relevant reading and research around the subject. There's nothing worse than falling behind because you're out of the loop! And, it's very to fall behind as a degree apprentice, if you do not manage your time and meet deadlines. So, preparation is key.

4. Plan your journey

Plan your journey from home to work every day and see what the best way to suit you is. It might seem that the quickest route is the most obvious; however, a route 10 minutes slower might be a bit less busy and you might prefer that. Do a dry run of your commute so that you can see how long it will take to ensure that you are always punctual to work and you can see what works best for you.
This is NOT the most famous platform 9 3/4.
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5. Buy your tickets

If you live a long way from work, an annual pass might be something cheaper and more convenient for you to consider. This will save you the time of purchasing a daily ticket, so it is something worth considering. If you do decide to do this, they can take a while to come in the post, so it’s worth looking into it so that you can make sure that you get it in time for the new role.

6. Budget

All of a sudden, you are going to be earning an annual salary, that will be paid to you in monthly instalments. Work out how much you will be paid after tax and then work out your expenditure (outgoing costs). These might be things such as lunches, petrol, rent, train fares or memberships (gym or Spotify).

The best and easiest way to do this is on an Excel spreadsheet so that you can see how much money you will have left to spend on what you like at the end of the month and how much you might like to save.
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